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The Networked Hero: How a Guy who Knows a Guy can Save a City – Livability.com Blog

The Networked Hero: How a Guy who Knows a Guy can Save a City – Livability.com Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Clout in Chicago can be summed up with this saying: “I gotta guy.” Anyone who's gotta guy has got some clout. Chicago, despite its size, is often hyper-connected in the way a small town is. There are fewer than six degrees of separation.
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Why the Sharing Economy is Important for Disaster Response - Collaborative Consumption

Why the Sharing Economy is Important for Disaster Response - Collaborative Consumption | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
RT @collcons: Why #collcons is important for disaster response: http://t.co/NFJPmUuR2V by @eurofreelancers
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3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents

3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Here's what's holding back 3D printing, the technology that's supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents.
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Help Support the Open Hardware Summit - SparkFun Electronics

Help Support the Open Hardware Summit - SparkFun Electronics | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Help keep open hardware alive and well by sponsoring the OHS!
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Accord 3D Printed Earphones: Beats by You | 3D ...

Accord 3D Printed Earphones: Beats by You | 3D ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We've already seen a couple of 3D printed headphones, but they were mostly proofs of concept, not for daily use. Designer Julian Goulding hopes to incorporate the revolutionary technology into consumer-grade earphones with his Accord concept.
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Social Capital Market Manifesto 2.0 | SOCAP

Social Capital Market Manifesto 2.0 | SOCAP | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As envisioned by the robber barons who created the U.S. stock market, capitalism was designed to be a force beyond the boundaries of ethics, focused solely on profits and maximizing financial return. But a new movement has arisen with a different foundational myth: that capital is the fuel for changing the world through the social capital market. This movement views business as a tool men created, one that can be brought back under control to serve a global community in which injustice has a cost to all and quantitative growth has limits.

 
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Book of the Day: The Political Power of Weak Interests

Book of the Day: The Political Power of Weak Interests | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Many consumers feel powerless in the face of big industry’s interests. And the dominant view of economic regulators (influenced by Mancur Olson’s book The Logic of Collective Action, published in 1965) agrees with them. According to this view, diffuse interests like those of consumers are too difficult to organize and too weak to influence public policy, which is determined by the concentrated interests of industrial-strength players. Gunnar Trumbull makes the case that this view represents a misreading of both the historical record and the core logic of interest representation. Weak interests, he reveals, quite often emerge the victors in policy battles.

 
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Capitalism is an insufficient economic model | People-Centered Economic Development

Capitalism is an insufficient economic model | People-Centered Economic Development | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

An extract from the Business Plan for People-Centered Economic Development, a social business.  Published and distributed in May 2004 with paper copies to ICOF and Social Enterprise London.  SWRDA was also approached for funding support. None were able to offer assistance.

 
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The Occupy Money Cooperative

The Occupy Money Cooperative | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This is a new venture whose purpose is to offer excellent value, transparent financial services to anyone.  Today, many people are either locked out of the banking system, or end up being charged excessive fees.    

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Biohackers. The Politics of Open Science. Hackers aiming at the conquest of the world of science : Digicult | Digital Art, Design and Culture

Biohackers. The Politics of Open Science. Hackers aiming at the conquest of the world of science : Digicult | Digital Art, Design and Culture | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Towards the Finland Station or the Politics of P2P - P2P Foundation

Towards the Finland Station or the Politics of P2P - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The recent financial crisis has been described as the most serious global financial crisis since the Great Depression. Many causes have been proposed for this crisis but what are the long-term solutions? This chapter consists of three parts. The first part is a general presentation of the nature of the present crisis, and how we can possibly/realistically expect a renewed period of growth. The second part explains the role of peer to peer (P2P) dynamics in this re-orientation of our political economy, while the third part explains its political implications, and the possibilities for a phase transition towards a post-capitalist society, centered around peer production.

 
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Barry Schwartz: Our loss of wisdom | Video on TED.com

Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
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We Need To Have A Debate About Growth - TechCrunch

We Need To Have A Debate About Growth - TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We Need To Have A Debate About Growth TechCrunch Since so much of the Valley hangs on Graham's words (myself included), this essay cemented what Andrew Chen proclaimed in his famous post earlier in 2012 “Growth Hacker Is The New VP Marketing,” that...
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Sharing and gift economies bloom in Turkey - Hurriyet Daily News

Sharing and gift economies bloom in Turkey - Hurriyet Daily News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Many alternatives to today's market-based, monetized economy have been emerging next to these very markets.
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Slashdot.org: Welcome To the "Sharing Economy"

An anonymous reader writes 'Thomas Friedman writes in the NY Times about the economy that's grown around Airbnb, a company built on helping people rent out their unused rooms to other users.
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Why Hackers and Makers Latest Toy is Puerto Rican - The Next Web

Why Hackers and Makers Latest Toy is Puerto Rican - The Next Web | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Conversely, he and his co-founders were quite thrilled by the international support the campaign has received.
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Why hierarchy creates a destructive force within the human psyche

Why hierarchy creates a destructive force within the human psyche | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What we can learn from the baboons, including the results of a tragedy-induced social revolution:

 
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Best Before: The London Food Revolution - Official Trailer

Dir: Ben Mann (2012). Music by Sam Weatherald. View with Italian Subtitles -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwzlmS7WeEk Website: http://bestbeforedocumentary....
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A New Cryptocurrency Wants to Capture the Wasted Energy of Bitcoin's Algorithm | VICE United States

A New Cryptocurrency Wants to Capture the Wasted Energy of Bitcoin's Algorithm | VICE United States | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It's called Primecoin. By rewarding miners who find elusive chains of prime numbers, is the so-called 'altcoin' poised to take holistic virtual currencies beyond the bank?
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Local currencies: 'In the U.S. we don't trust'

Local currencies: 'In the U.S. we don't trust' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A growing number of communities are using alternative currencies to stimulate their local economies and protect themselves from the nation's broader economic woes.
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Bubbles Forever by Robert J. Shiller - Project Syndicate

Bubbles Forever by Robert J. Shiller - Project Syndicate | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In 2006, the largest global real-estate bubble in history imploded, and the collapse of a major worldwide stock-market bubble a year later triggered the global financial crisis.
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We Are All Aboard the Pequod: Chris Hedges

We Are All Aboard the Pequod: Chris Hedges | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle. He is to us what William Shakespeare was to Elizabethan England or Fyodor Dostoyevsky to czarist Russia.

 

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PRISM: Microsoft, Apple, Google write to Obama and NSA demanding data transparency

PRISM: Microsoft, Apple, Google write to Obama and NSA demanding data transparency | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
More than 20 tech giants have come together to insist the US government be more open about user data requests
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